10 Golden Rules of Fostering

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10 Golden Rules of Fostering

Post by Rescue Remedies » Sat May 31, 2014 6:29 pm

Identity Do not change our dogs name..this is what they are known as within our rescue and it is what their prospective family will have identified them with. We advise new owners to leave their name until the time they are totally sure they have settled and are staying. If they then want to change it, change it to something similar sounding e.g Trudy to Judy

Expect the worst move forwards slowly having quite low expectations in their first week. Play it safe..every foster will be 2 steps ahead of you, but you'll soon get the measure of their individual needs. Let them pleasantly surprise you rather than feel they are failing you.

Don't be fast to judge Only when you have had many dogs through your hands do you really get a sense of 'reading' a dog in those very early stages. The more you know about dogs the less likely you are to make categorical statements about them! No one is looking to you to slap labels on the dog..least of all the dog!

On or Off lead Our insurance only covers our dogs on lead outside. If there is a risk with a very nervous dog slipping a collar then have them on a under arm fastening harness and attached the lead to this. Always keep our rescue disc attached to their collar. They should be homed with this, only be be removed and sent back, when the family have received a good quality (not engraved) disc to replace. You are welcome to attach an additional personal disc as well. Don't forget the dog maybe chipped but it will not have been registered yet.

Avoid conflict triggers Please lift shared toys; balls and bones for at least the first 3 days until the dogs have developed a trust bond; and if in doubt - avoid. Treat sharing sessions can establish 'sharing of attention and turn taking'. These also establish 'key persons' in the pack, and can help children to gain supremacy over a dog

Communicate Capture lovely pictures which reveal the dogs character and beauty. Avoid putting poor pictures up or remove these when you have better ones. Use the Forum for regular updates but no long involved blogs please. We have new people coming on to the forum every day and by interesting little stories of your foster dogs activity will influence them in considering your dog as their future pet. Communicate also with the rescue regularly so we know your concerns; your plans and can offer you support and ensure we have a clear picture of your foster.

To keep or not to keep Please be very clear with us if you are actually considering another dog and we will keep that dog quiet with enquirers for a short period if not moving it to reserved. We will also be very clear if we feel it is not the right dog for you on a permanent basis. If however you haven't communicated that intention with us and we are talking to enquirers about the dog we will not allow the fosterer to adopt if a prospective family have effectively been courted. To adopt a dog is not a fickle thing, so we ask you to be very clear with your family and ourselves and to try not to fluctuate, but we try to understand if this happens. Can't tell you how many fosterers can be telling in one sentence "oh we would love to keep" and "they're getting to attached please can you find another home we weren't planning to entertain a 2nd dog for any length of time".

Follow our Rescues procedures For Every enquirer get them to go to our website and complete our homing questionnaire. If advertinsing locally please use our Rescue Remedies number not your own. Try to avoid the embarrassing situation of introducing the dog as a likely dog for someone only for ourselves to see that there are factors in their lives which would preclude that dog from being suitable. Matching a dogs character and needs to a families character and needs is actually a very sensitive and involved task. It also is very objective. Potential homers should be actively 'searching'. We can't home on the basis of impulse, out of pity or unrealistic dreams. They need to really see the dog..not project their ideals on and not be actively listening to the dogs needs. We shouldn't be intrusive, pushy or unduly seek to influence, but sure many homes have come through meeting one of our foster dogs out and about.

To spoil or not to spoil Some organisations have stated the dog should be treated a little removed from the intimate family as their future owner may not want the dog on the furniture or sleeping in the bedroom. We are happy for our dogs to be settled within your normal parameters. Dogs are extremely adaptable and most will cope with adjusted boundaries..some however will demonstrate they are uncomfortable. This is useful information and let us know a dogs preferences it can give clues as to their possible background. P.S. always be prepared to miss your first nights sleep settling new dog in.

Enjoy every moment Know how much difference you are making to that dog's life now and in the future. Initially you will be given an easy foster. You can get tuned into the buzz of the 'fast homer'. More complex dogs can stay for a long time and they will be progressing and developing new skills with you. You can get impatient for the dog to move on. It is what everyone wants, but know we have to get it right and be assured how much we value you standing by your dog ..their home will come. We get a lot of pressure from fosterer to get their dog a home. We have to be totally objective and have over 80 dogs to consider. Be reassured we always try to place our more complex / longstay dogs first into available homes but personal choice comes from the families too.
You can't train the terrier out of a terrier..they are their own persons!

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Re: 10 Golden Rules of Fostering

Post by xxlynne » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:00 am

Please can any family thinking of fostering for the 1st time or coming back to us to help one of our homeless dogs, open your heart and allow us to suggest the right dog for your circumstance. People who come back picking on this or that dogs lose their enthusiasm as we have to explain why this or that dog is not the one that would match your circumstance OR more importantly the dog in MOST NEED. So please if you can foster be open and this is the best way to support our dogs and our Rescue.

Our gratitude as ever to all our fosterers who have supported our foster dogs longterm whilst we search for the right home for them

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